Keeping Your Emergency Contacts and Medical Information Accessible

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If medical personnel are able to access your medical history during an emergency, it could mean the difference between life and death. But if, for example, you are injured, in shock, suffering from dementia, or are otherwise incapacitated, you may Read More …

Qualify For Medicaid With a “Miller” Trust

In order to qualify for Medicaid, the applicant’s income must fall below a certain level. Most states allow individuals to spend down any income above this level on their care until they reach the state’s income standard. But in some Read More …

Estate Planning: Considerations When You Have a Stepfamily

Step family Estate Planning

Ideally, when a second marriage joins two families together, it should be a joyous occasion that creates one bigger blended family unit. Unfortunately, when the estate plan lacks clarity, it too often also creates inheritance fights between stepparents and children. Read More …

Why Everyone Over 60 Should Update Their Estate Plan

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How frequently you should review your estate plan depends on how old you are and whether there has been a significant change in your circumstances. If you are over age 60 and you haven’t updated your estate plan in many Read More …

Should We Set-up an ABLE Account, a Special Needs Trust or Both?

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If you have a child with disabilities, it is crucial to set money aside for the child’s future. At the same time, you need to consider your child’s access to public benefit programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Read More …

Using Estate Planning to Prepare for Medicaid

Medicaid Strategies

Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. Long-term care can be very Read More …

What Are a Special Needs Trustee’s Record-Keeping Duties?

Special Needs Trust Paperwork and File Keeping

One of the most important roles in a special needs plan is that of trustee, the person who administers a special needs trust (SNT). Of a trustee’s many responsibilities, record-keeping is perhaps the most crucial. Because the trustee is managing accounts on behalf Read More …

New Advice: Consider Leaving an IRA to a Special Needs Trust.

Special Needs Trust Beneficiary of IRA

The SECURE Act, passed at the end of 2019, changed a number of rules regarding inherited IRAs, making it more difficult for most beneficiaries to save on taxes by “stretching” distributions over many years. (Read our post, SECURE Act Increases Tax Read More …

New Tax Proposals Mean Some Should Review Their Estate Plans

Changes to Inheritance Taxes

A number of tax proposals being considered in Congress could significantly affect gifting and estate plans for those with larger estates — over $3.5 million. If you’re in that category, you might want to meet with your estate planner to take Read More …